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Yearly Archives: 2008

When the bride sees her wedding album for the first time

Check out this video of Lisa as she receives her wedding album for the first time. It brought tears in her eyes as she relives the most wonderful day of her life.

A bride sees her album for the first time from RON SOLIMAN on Vimeo.

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Check out The News Journal’s best images of 2008

At my day job at the newspaper, I am so proud to share with you the best images of 2008 from my photography staff. I have a great staff there and I can’t complain. The image below is from my shot when the Pope came to the US. Enjoy this slideshow from!

Click on the photo below to watch the slideshow-

You can also read my comments on the Best Images of 2008 by clicking on the link below-


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Canon 5D Mark II – “Newspaper job” photo and video test

When I went to cover US Vice president-elect Joe Biden feeding the homeless in Wilmington on Christmas Eve, I brought with me just one camera- my Canon 5D Mark II. Just like any digital photojournalist I tried to do both- shoot stills and video. The 5D Mark II made it easier to do both, especially with the limited time that the Secret Service gave us to take pictures inside. What’s amazing is, you can shoot stills while your are video recording. Check out this short clip, shot using also a 70-200 mm and a 16-35 mm lenses.

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Canon 5D Mark II – Wedding photo and video test

I’ve been testing my new Canon 5D Mark II in my newspaper job and also at my wedding photography gigs. The results are phenomenal! Not only the white balance is perfect but the video quality is real HD quality. While doing Brianne and Michael’s wedding photography I tried out shooting some video with my new Canon 5D Mark II.

This camera can shoot video and stills at the same time!!! It is the answer to my PRAYERS! =)

Check our this short clip. Not bad in a low lighting situation. You can watch the HD quality on Vimeo if you want. Also check out the still photo I shot while doing this video.

Sample video by Canon 5D Mark II at a wedding shoot from RON SOLIMAN on Vimeo.

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What I got for Christmas…the best gift ever!!!

A brand new Canon 5D Mark II. This is the best gift ever.

This amazing camera can shoot HD video too. Check out what it can do.

Reverie from Ed Moore on Vimeo.

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Tonight, the results for the Wedding Photojournalist Association Quarterly competition were released. I am happy to announce that I’ve got 4 wins in the competition. And wow, it brought my name to the TOP 10 photographers in this International Photojournalists organization. Thanks to all my brides, who gave me the opportunity to document their wedding.

Check out my winning entries:

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Toni B. - Congrats, Ron! Excellent work, as always!December 29, 2008 - 6:03 am

Jorellpaul montes - Hey Men looking forward to have great picture...I know men you can be on top of them congrats Ron...Many more awards to come...December 16, 2008 - 6:28 am

Rob - Awesome! Congrats Ron!!!December 11, 2008 - 5:41 pm

peapatchvideo - congrats, Ron! you ROCK! I'm so proud of you! :)December 10, 2008 - 4:07 am

Fall Wedding Favorites

I will be posting some of my favorite photos from the Fall Weddings I’ve shot in the past few weeks. Enjoy!

Here are some from Andrea and Jason’s Wedding in Wilmington, DE. Their wedding ceremony was at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Wilmington and we did the bridal party shoot at Rockford Park. The colors of the leaves were perfect for the photo shoot!

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Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano

A dream come true for me. I finally have seen St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome! And not only that, we were also lucky to see the Pope!

Minutes after we arrived at St. Peter’s square on Sunday, we heard thousands of people applauding, and when we looked up, a small window opens and there he came out- Pope Benedict XVI. He prayed the Angelus with the crowd and gave everyone there present the Papal blessing.

Here’s a short background about Basilica di San Pietro-

St. Peter’s Basilica (Italian San Pietro in Vaticano) is a major basilica in Vatican City, an enclave of Rome. St. Peter’s was until recently the largest church ever built (it covers an area of 23,000 m² and has a capacity of over 60,000), and it remains one of the holiest sites in Christendom.

Ancient tradition has it that St. Peter’s Basilica was built at the place where Peter, the apostle who is considered the first pope, was crucified and buried; his tomb is under the main altar. Other popes are also buried in and below the basilica. Contrary to what one might reasonably assume, St. Peter’s is not a cathedral – the pope’s cathedral is St. John Lateran. 


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St. Peter’s Basilica Inside and Out

All photos are Copyrighted. Ron Soliman 2008

Please click on each image to see the complete photograph.


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Michelangelo’s La Pieta inside the Basilica

Here is a remarkable piece of art by Michelangelo inside St. Peter’s Basilica. This sculpture was carved from a single slab of marble and it is one of the most magnificent sculptures ever made.

Here’s a little background on La Pieta: A pieta is an Italian word for artworks that depict the Virgin Mary cradling the body of the dead Jesus. There are many notable pietas that have been made by various artists throughout history. Probably the most well known of all is La Pieta by Michelangelo.

Michelangelo’s La Pieta can be found in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. It is the only work of the famed artist that contained his signature (found on a diagonal ribbon that is carved across the Virgin Mary’s breast). His signature on the La Pieta may be an indication of his satisfaction with his work.

Prior to creating the Pieta, Michelangelo was a relative unknown in the art world. He was then in his early twenties when he was commissioned in 1498 by the French cardinal Jean de Billheres to make one as the cardinal’s funeral monument. It eventually became one of the four pietas that Michelangelo made and the only one that he was able to finish completely.


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